Absent workers, lack of progress leave city officials in tough spot

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Workers started removing mortar from the bricks of a Franklin building more than two months ago but haven’t been back to work since.

The winter wind blows straight through the Huddleston and Huddleston law office building at 98 W. Jefferson St. On Monday, Steve Huddleston’s office was a chilly 56 degrees when he arrived for work. The thermostat is set at 74 degrees, but the furnace can’t keep up because the spaces between the bricks are exposed.

That brick work was supposed to be done by the end of the year but wasn’t. So on Monday, workers put up some plastic around Huddleston’s building to shield it from the cold after Mayor Joe McGuinness gave the construction company an ultimatum — get some work done or the city will cancel the contract.

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